Error, indeed, is never set forth in its naked deformity, lest, being thus exposed, it should at once be detected. But it is craftily decked out in an attractive dress, so as, by its outward form, to make it appear to the inexperienced (ridiculous as the expression may seem) more true than the truth itself. - Irenaeus

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Early Masonic view of Islam

Muslims Fez Cap; Political Correctness

by Dale Brown

The first Masonic book printed in America was produced by Benjamin Franklin in 1734 was a reprint of a work by James Anderson printed in London 1723. Its view of Islam on page 27 is quite revealing, "as the Asiatic and African Nations fell under the same calamity [as by Goths and Vandals] by the conquest of the Mahometans, whose grand design is only to convert the world by fire and sword, instead of cultivating the Arts and Sciences." Turkey, a Muslim country, outlawed the wearing of the Muslim style fez cap in 1925. Today however in the west Masons often wear fez caps and even place a Quran on their altar on special occasions.

G. Margoliouth’s introduction of the 1861 English version of the Koran, translated by J. M. Rodwell and dedicated to the Chief Justice of New Zealand, points out the nature of Mohammed’s book. "From the first flash of prophetic inspiration which is clearly discernible in the earlier portions of the book he, later on, frequently descended to deliberate invention and artful rhetoric. . .Biblical reminiscences, Rabbinic legends, Christian tradition mostly drawn from distorted apocryphal sources, and native heathen stories, all first pass through the prophet’s fervid serve as an encouragement to his faithful adherents, and to strike terror into the hearts of his opponents."
The monument of 800 skulls are displayed in the cathedral of Otranto, Italy as a constant reminder of bishop Stefano Pendinelli who was sawn in two, and the men who were beheaded in front of their wives and families in the valley of the martyrs by the invading Muslims in 1480 because they would not endorse the prophet’s religion of peace.

Should one believe this to be an exaggeration of the facts, consider the commentary of a modern Qur’an in the description of the ultimate goal of Islam under one world ruler. "When you all (Muslims) are united (as one block) under a single Khalifah (a chief Muslim ruler), and a man comes up to disintegrate you and separate you into different groups, then kill that man." It goes on with more supposed words from the prophet, "If the Muslim world gave the Bai’ah (pledge) to two Khalifah (chief Muslim rulers), the first one who was given the Bai’ah (pledge) first will remain as the Khalifah, then kill the latter (second) one."

According to the Qur’an the Muslim is considered free of all obligations and treaties made with Mushrikun (polytheists, pagans, idolaters, disbelievers in the Oneness of Allah) Surah 9:1. They often cite a doctrine called taqiyya which is a means of concealing ones true beliefs in order to deceive ones enemy. It is akin to smiling while they look for a soft spot to stick their sword. And they wonder why westerners do not trust them. The Saudi flag, sporting its white sword on a holy field of green does not portray a very peaceful image. I wonder what the world would think if the United States flag had an image of an atomic mushroom cloud on a field of stars and stripes.

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